Does summer homework help curb learning loss?

08/5/2011 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Some teachers in Missouri assigned summer reading and math homework for students in an effort to curb summer learning loss. "Unfortunately, reading lists and math reviews are about as good as it gets. And neither provide any control from the teacher to differentiate instruction, tailoring lessons to the needs of students," said Bill Freeman, dean of Fontbonne University's College of Education. Still, one first-grade teacher said she told her students to practice the alphabet and use flash cards for math to help their return to school.

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